Samuel L Jackson's Iconic Bible Quote In 'Pulp Fiction' Was Actually Lifted From Another Film

It wasn't a miracle and we're acknowledging it.

From unforgettable scenes like Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace’s twist contest scene to the many, many iconic lines, Pulp Fiction continues to hold up today as Hollywood masterpiece, some of the finest writing we’ll ever see from Quentin Tarantino, as well as the source of an all-time great meme.

While there’s no denying the quality of Tarantino’s writing on Pulp Fiction 25 years on since its release, he wasn’t quite responsible for every word in the script and it’s not because he co-wrote the script with Roger Avery.

As it turns out, not only was that iconic Bible passage delivered by Jules Winnfield (Samuel L Jackson) an incorrect and made-up thing (actually a combination of real Bible chapters Ezekiel 25:17 and Psalm 23), it was lifted from an old 1970s film.

For those who need a reminder on the Pulp Fiction scene in question, it’s the one where Jules eats some terrified schmuck’s burger, asks him whether he reads the Bible before delivering the aforementioned monologue, and then he shoots said terrified schmuck anyway.

Chatting to Terry Gross (via NPR), Tarantino revealed he essentially plagiarised Samuel L Jackson’s famous monologue from the US-release-only intro of the 1976 Sonny Chiba film, Bodyguard Kiba (known as The Bodyguard in the US).

It wasn’t quite a word-for-word lift job as Tarantino changed original “Chiba the Bodyguard” bit to “the Lord” and… that’s it. Yeah, okay it was essentially a copy and paste job. But hey, inspiration comes from all places regardless of whether it popped into your head or if you saw it done in a movie already and thought “I’m gonna use that.”

Tarantino wins out on the style front though as the original monologue was delivered via an opening crawl of text whereas Pulp Fiction had Samuel L Jackson shouting it in his trademark menacing fashion.

Tarantino hasn’t been too shy about unsubtly wearing his influences on his sleeve in his films but this one stands as a particularly in-your-face example.

And it also seems like there were no hard feelings from Sonny Chiba about some white chap from Hollywood ripping off the opening crawl from one of his film as Tarantino would later cast him in Kill Bill as the badarse swordmaker Hattori Hanzo.

So to answer Jules Winnfield’s question in Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino has never read the Bible (as far as we know), he just watch a lot of US releases of old Asian martial arts films and borrows bits here and there.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Will Address Your Rey And Kylo Thirst

Reylo fans will get the climax they've been seeking.

The Last Jedi stirred up a lot of feelings among the Star Wars fandom when it was released. There was a lot of entitled anger, unintentional hilarity and a surprisingly huge amount of fans thirsting for Rey and Kylo Ren to just hook up already.

Look, it sort of makes sense. They’re two good-looking people with an affinity for Force and lightsaber stuffs so it’s not a stretch for fans to want Rey and Kylo Ren to do a human recreation of a Y-Wing.

The Force is so strong right now.

Having said that, there’s also a contingent of Star Wars fans who think this ‘Reylo’ pairing is a metaphor for toxic relationships – which also isn’t that farfetched of a take considering the physical and mental turmoil both put each other through – and want it struck down ASAP.

Anyway, shipping Rey and Kylo Ren is a very real thing and Daisy Ridley has only fanned the fames even further by teasing how the relationship will be further explored in The Rise of Skywalker.

Chatting to EW, Daisy says she isn’t bothered by the ‘Reylo’ thirst exhibited by Star Wars fans and reassured them that their relationship will be touched upon in Rise of Skywalker:

“J.J. does deal with [it]. It’s a very complex issue. People talk about toxic relationships and whatever it is. It’s no joke and I think it’s dealt with really well because it’s not skimmed over.”

Thank god because there simply needs to be closure considering that Rey and Kylo ended The Last Jedi on this sour little note:

What does that stare even MEAN?!

Okay, we now know the whole ‘Reylo’ thing will be addressed in The Rise of Skywalker. The question now is “how?”

Extrapolating from Daisy’s comment, we’ve thought of a few possibilities on how this will all resolve itself:

  1. Rey helps swing Kylo Ren back to the Light Side, which would actually suck since it’ll reduce the Sequel Trilogy’s female lead’s story to a dumb tale about saving a spoiled dude.
  2. They’re related and all that pent up sexual tension is immediately replaced with more awkwardness than when we found out Luke and Leia were siblings.
  3. They discover they’re not related and end up boning, which kind of fits the whole “end of the Skywalker saga” angle Disney is pushing.
  4. Rey and Kylo break up, even though they weren’t even properly going out in the first place.
  5. None of the above.

The bottom line is we simply have no idea what J.J. Abrams has in store to wrap up the Sequel Trilogy in The Rise of Skywalker so everything possible until the film drops on December 20.

Personally, I just want to see a resolution to the one relationship we all should be paying attention to: Finn and Poe Dameron.

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